Powai, the most sought after commercial and residential suburb, is faced with an acute parking crunch. A survey conducted by BMC-appointed Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) has revealed what has always been the concern of transport planners-most cars in the area are often double-parked on roads, thereby affecting vehicular movement.
In peak conditions, space is needed to park 853 cars in the area. Though there are nine on-street parking spots with the capacity to meet this demand, all of them are unauthorised. "On-street parking adds to congestion on the road and should be forbidden. If this is done, the situation in Powai will worsen as there is no off-street alternative for general public,'' says the report.
Going by the fast-paced growth and future real estate scenario, parking demand in the area is likely to increase manifold. A large part of this demand will not be met unless proper solutions are identified, said the report.
With the area being a high-income locality (there are eight 5-star hotels, 11 banks and 250 shops), BMC experts believe the problem might be eased if multi-storey parkinglots are constructed on a Build-Own-Operate-Transfer basis. On Wednesday, three proposals for Powai were discussed and bidders for multi-storey parking lots at six locations (including three at Powai) made a presentation before a technical expert committee. The parking lots will be fully automatic and equipped with modern gadgets, including electronic screens and laser markers. Other parking locations discussed were outside Borivli railway station, Matunga railway station and outside Kurla railway station.
Mumbai has 105 parking lots that can accommodate about 8,000 cars. According to the Regional Transport Office, there are over 16 lakh vehicles in the city, of which 29% are cars and 53% are two-wheelers. In 2007-08
42,011 cars were registered with the RTO in Mumbai.
R A Rajeev, additional municipal commissioner incharge of roads, said they had received several proposals for parking lots in lieu of floor space index (FSI). Developers have been offered an incentive of 50% additional FSI if they offer public parking space on their premises. "So far, two proposals have been scrutinised and finalised. We have forwarded them to the state government,''said Rajeev. He, however, refused to disclose the location of these lots.